Wednesday, February 23, 2005

Writer who secretly taped Bush wants to give tapes to president

The US writer who secretly recorded telephone conversations with George W. Bush in the late 1990s wants to give the tapes to the US president, a US cable network said.
In the tapes, which Wead recorded between 1998 and 2000 while Bush was the governor of Texas and a presidential candidate, the future US leader appears to strategize about the best way to answer potential campaign-trail questions about marijuana and cocaine.

"I wouldn't answer the marijuana question. You know why? Cause I don't want some little kid doing what I tried," Bush is heard telling Wead.

Wead's just-released book, "The Raising of a President," draws on the recordings, which were made without Bush's knowledge.

Wead had told The New York Times that he recorded the conversations because he viewed Bush as a historic figure, but he said he knew that the president might regard his actions as a betrayal.

"Contrary to a statement that I made to the New York Times, I have come to realize that personal relationships are more important than history," Wead wrote to MSNBC.

"I am asking my attorney to direct any future proceeds from the book to charity and to find the best way to vet these tapes and get them back to the president to whom they belong. History can wait," he wrote.

Anybody seen Mr. Wead's kneecaps lying around anywhere?

That sure was fast. Unless you have deposited copies of those tapes with your attorney, along with instructions for their broadcast upon your mysterious disappearance, I would expect that history isn't going to have to wait very long for you, Mr. Wead.


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